Departmental TF in Romance Languages and Literatures
Ernest is a Filipino-American teacher, student of literature, lover of languages, and fanatic about playing and watching basketball. He teaches Spanish, literature, Latin American Studies and Aesthetics in the program of General Education and in the Romance Languages and Literatures department. His pedagogical struggle is to make the classroom a welcoming, non-judgmental, and fun space where students can be comfortable taking risks through active learning. He is also a fervent advocate of Teaching Fellow rights and camaraderie. In August 2017, He'll be defending his dissertation, entitled "Patrolling Imaginary Borders: Anti-Colonial Ambivalence in the Philippines, Cuba, and Puerto Rico." The project examines the work of late 19th-century colonial intellectuals from these regions caught between the gazes of the moribund Spanish empire and the United States' expanding imperial project. The writers carve a space for their voices in the literary traditions and political debates of their time, creatively undercutting established authority while perpetuating numerous colonial exclusions. This sensitivity to the contradictions and ambivalences in their work casts light on different constellations of literary and political scholarship: border studies, 19th-century Latin American literature, liberalism, and post-coloniality, among others.